Helping to plan community work

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Community work is different from planning a training or workshop. Although the main principles of facilitation are similar and methodology is overlapping, the process and is different and much more related to the social environment and to the social roles of the participants.

Phase 1

Social diagnosis and introductory activities: a comprehensive analyse of the environment – human and material resources, information regarding cultural differences, age, national, ethnicity, religious background, professional and social needs and interests, social problems and uncovered potentials

Phase 2

Preparatory activities: setting clear goals, planning content, forms, methods. It needs to be developed with and finally presented to the local community and discussed. The planned activities are integrated in the local community and not imposed.

Phase 3

Informational and stimulating activities: provide complete information about the objectives of the undertaken actions, opportunities and threats. This is the moment when the community takes ownership over the project fully and threats is as relevant for all.

Phase 4

Implementing: we keep motivating and stimulating, transfer each other's enthusiasm, strenghten and appreciate even the smallest help and steps towards implementation. The animator's role is to stoke the energy among participants (local community).

Phase 5

Evaluation: ideally implemented from the very beginning of the project and together with the local community, this includes comparing the situation before and after the project

Marta Anna Gawinek-Dagargulia

Marta Anna Gawinek-Dagargulia

Facilitator, coordinator of empowerment programs, author and program manager in the fields of cultural activism and civi education. Lives in Warsaw (Poland), head of SKORO association.